PlayStation Plus is ten years old today! And what’s occurring to mark this auspicious occasion over at Sony? Why, it’s revealed the next batch of games to be included as part of the service this July, and here they are now: Rise of the Tomb Raider, NBA 2K20, and FMV adventure Erica.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is, of course, the second entry (plus DLC) in developer Crystal Dynamics’ three-game re-imagining of the classic Tomb Raider franchise, and does, by and large, offer more of the same as its predecessor. It’s a tense, tightly constructed, if rather unremittingly grim, adventure that, this time, sees Lara maiming and murdering (and occasionally puzzling) her way across Siberia in search of the Lost City of Kitezh.
“Rise of the Tomb Raider is a well-made game,” wrote Oli Welsh back in 2015, “It’s a handsome and solidly entertaining, if seldom inspired, way to while away a dozen hours. It has a famous name and an avatar of real dynamic power at its centre. It has tombs to raid. That ought to be enough. It shouldn’t have to reach. But reach it does – for an emotional hook it doesn’t have, and for trendy gimmicks it doesn’t need.”